Special attention was given to spice exports.
Diwakar Nath Mishra, Joint Secretary (Plantation), Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic last year, the demand for spices has increased and several studies have been done on medicinal properties of Indian spices in particular. Mishra was delivering the keynote address at an International Buyer-Seller Meeting (IBSM) organized by the Spices Board in association with the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with a special focus on spice exports.
The global online event was held on Wednesday and was inaugurated by IFS Sandeep Kumar Bayapu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mishra said, “Post-Covid, the demand for spices has become high and hence many researches have been done on the medicinal properties of Indian spices in particular. India and the United Arab Emirates have been sharing trade and culture ties since ancient times, and such programs will provide information and create awareness among farmers about incorporating good agricultural practices that are free from pesticides and antibiotics.
Trying to bring 250 Indian exporters together
Byapu appreciated the efforts made by the Spices Board to increase the export of spices and said that the UAE as a destination provides a strong logistical opportunity to capture the European and African markets. The event brought together over 250 Indian exporters and 40 potential buyers from the Middle East.
Indian spices go from Dubai to other parts of the world
During the special address at the event, Spices Board Secretary D Sathiyan said that the spice sector of India sees Dubai not only as a major consumer of spices, but also as a re-export hub from which Indian spices can be exported. It is re-exported to different parts of the world.
UAE imports spices from India on a large scale
He further said that the board is conducting a series of digital buyer-seller meet (BSM) to ensure that there is no gap or bottleneck in the sourcing and supply of spices from the country. UAE is India’s fourth largest export destination for spices. A release issued by the Spices Board said that during the year 2020-21, India exported 1,15,400 tonnes of spices worth $220 million to the UAE.
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